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6 Simple Ways to Save Money at Home

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  With the economy being what it is, people are more conscious about their expenses. The last thing you want to be doing is spending money on things that are not essential. There are simple ways to save money at home, which can cut down your bills significantly. Use energy-efficient appliances If possible, buy energy-efficient appliances such as washing machines and dryers that have lower water and energy consumption levels. These will help save energy and thus money over time because they consume less electricity than their non-efficient counterparts do. Consider replacing your old refrigerator with an energy-efficient refrigerator. You may not be aware of the fact that your fridge is one of the biggest consumers of power in your home. An inefficient refrigerator can use up to 300 kWh per year, which is more than 10% of the total household energy bill. So, it is important to get an efficient one that uses less electricity and saves you money on your electricity bill. Use en

Cleaning 101: The inside of your car

I do a weekly inside cleaning of our vehicles before my husband takes it to the car wash station near us. I first grab an empty box, working my way from front to rear, (looking also under the seats) tossing trash into the empty box.  Remove and shake out the floor mats, then I go over the seats and the floor with a handheld vacuum, before I slip the mats back in. Clean the dashboard, doorjambs, arm rests and steering wheel with a damp micro fiber cloth. Lastly, I check on important documents like the vehicle’s registration and manuals in the glove compartment, store coins in an empty pill bottle and keep it in the cup holder for toll fees. I inspect the toolbox if it is complete with the emergency car tools and supplies in the trunk.   I also make sure that the passenger side compartment contains flashlight, spare batteries, baby wipes, alcohol and paracetamol for emergency use.   A jacket and an umbrella is always inside the vehicle too.

The Essence of Home Gardening

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There’s nothing more worthwhile doing with your yard than transforming it into a beautiful garden. Turn your gardening hobby into a fulfilling career in floral design or landscaping with a mfa degree.  May it be a flower garden with extra touch of landscaping or a vegetable or fruit, or herb one, it will still be fulfilling to see that your front or back yard which was once empty has now become gorgeous looking one with all the flowers, fruits or vegetables growing and glowing each day. photo taken from the web Of course, you can still do home gardening even if you don’t have a yard. There are now many ways to do that. All you need to have are few seeds, pots or containers, and a place to put them like a balcony or windowsills then you already have a container garden! Or you can do vertical or deck-rail gardening or you can have a raised-bed garden which you can put in your patio, deck or balcony.   photo taken from the web Some people garden for money and others for

Importance of Deworming in Children

When I was still a kid, I am very afraid of being dewormed.   I pretend to be asleep or I will get out of the house and play in order to skip or delay the activity. I was too skinny then but I ate heavy, my mom suspected that my stomach was infested with parasites.   My playmates scared me by telling stories of worms getting out anywhere from the body, that is why I really cried out loud during deworming periods, lol.    Only when I became a mother have I known of its importance.   Deworming is deem necessary and never should it be taken lightly.   Eliminating worms help to prevent the illnesses they cause in children.   These hookworm, pinworm, roundworm, tapeworm and whipworm are internal human parasites that affect the general health of our children. Some are too small to be seen by the naked eyes. It is better to consult a physician if it is your first time to deworm your kid.   He can best evaluate and provide you the correct details on proper dosage and the significan

Home Safety, Keep the Burglars Away!

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Home safety is a must nowadays, house robberies occur here and there, carnapping is rampant, even telephone cable lines are subjects of these thefts. I grew up in a home without any fence; although there are some houses enclosed with pales made of bamboo, only for the purpose of protecting their vegetable gardens from dogs and cows. Living then is simple, secured and has nothing to worry about being robbed. Time has changed, poverty and illiteracy increased crime rates. Safety is always on top priority in every home these days. Six years ago, our community area became the target of these burglars. They attack in different modus operandi. These housebreakers called Akyat-bahay attacks even in broad daylight.   What is more frightening is that they do not think twice to kill.   My husband and I decided to let our house be installed of window grills, double gates, and double door locks.   We replaced our old padlocks with zinc alloy padlocks.   These padlocks will make the b

Children Learn What They Live

Last quarter, while I was reading my youngest son's notes and lessons to prepare him for his review in his first quarter examinations, I was hooked-up on this passages in his Language book.  I find it very worthy and informative to share especially when it comes to rearing up our children.  Here are some pointers to ponder that could serve as a guide and reminder for us. If a child lives with: Criticism , he learns to condemn.  He would always find others also wrong and would always look for other’s fault. Hostility , he learns to hit back or fight back. Ridicule , he learns to be shy and timid, always has the tendency to avoid mingling with other people. Tolerance , he learns to be patient.  He would be able to endure and bear circumstances calmly. Encouragement , he learns confidence. He will develop belief in himself and his ability. Praise , he learns to appreciate. He will know how to value and recognize the good in others. Fairness ,

Inspirational Blog Award

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I am very thankful to have received a blogging recognition.  A co-blogger, my loyal and frequent blog visitor and commenter, now becoming a dear friend had bestowed me this Inspirational Blog Award.  Thank you Sie !  I hope my writings will continue to be of inspiration and substantial to my readers. I will be rendering this distinction to other bloggers who also share musing articles.   Well here now are my answers for the Eight Easy Tag Questions: 1.     What makes you laugh, smile or giggle ?   I laugh out loud on family bonding moments, when we watch funny dvd movies, when we share funny stories, when I talk to my best blogging friends who usually crack jokes which I can’t help laughing.  While, a simple gesture of a warm greeting makes me smile.  I giggle when my husband send me text messages on how he misses me during the day that he’s out for work then wrapping up with warm embraces in the afternoon when he comes home to call it a day. 2.     What a

Dragon World, another book collection

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Yearly, the school where my youngest son studies conducts a week of book fair to encourage students and pupils to read more, to develop their reading comprehension and stimulate their reading interests. Yahmir is saving a part of his monetary baon for him to be able to buy his choice of book. He is always looking forward to this event in school for he is now more engrossed in deciphering printed materials, the interest which he was able to cultivate in a much younger age.   I am happy that I was able to flourish  his reading curiosity. When we go malling, I see to it that I bring my children to a bookstore and allow them to select their book to purchase.   We are a family of bookworms having different choices in topics we read. My husband is more on medical books, JM is very much attracted to technical books that concerns computers.   Yahmir is reading more on adventure, animals, amazing facts, guinness records, etc. while I read any printed material that catches my attention and a